Flowery Branch City Hall is closed due to an outbreak of COVID-19 among city staff, according to the Flowery Branch website.
Gainesville Police said they will be making a “larger presence,” with the special operations unit out assisting the patrol division.
Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish said he believes the new cameras perform better than the older models they had. "The older that technology got, the less it worked. How many people keep a cellphone for five years? You're looking at similar technology,” he said, as the department will have close to 100 cameras for all officers doing uniformed police work.
Two weeks ago, Gainesville residents were invited to an open mic event in the midtown area to voice their concerns and complaints about local law enforcement. Thursday, July 2, law enforcement agencies will be able to respond to what they heard on June 18. Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish and Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch are among those invited to speak.
Nicole Ricketts, Gainesville Main Street Manager, said the event is a way to reintroduce downtown businesses to the community with an added layer of safety.
Fridays are about to become livelier in Gainesville.
Flowery Branch’s proposed tax rate and budget for 2020-21 received final approval at the City Council meeting Thursday, June 25.
“Unlike other things we’ve done – we've painted the buses, we’ve changed the logo – this is truly a system change,” said Phillippa Lewis Moss, director of Gainesville-Hall County Community Services, on Wednesday, June 24. “A big system change.”
Lula’s budget, like other local governments’, has seen some adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and community members will can comment on the proposed budget for the next fiscal year at a hearing Monday, June 22.
Julie Butler Colombini, Gainesville Parks & Recreation’s marketing and communications manager, said the project totaled around $1.5 million.